Angels Flight to Fly Once Again

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Shut down in 2001 after a fatal accident, Angel's Flight in downtown has sat unused for some time now. News came yesterday that the short funicular railway is coming back, possibly as early as next month, thanks to a passing grade after a California Public Utilities Commission safety inspection (PDF). Angels Flight Railway Foundation president John Welborne tells Curbed LA and blogdowntown it could open up by April 15th or earlier, but he tells the LA Times that he would not estimate when it would open.

Readers remained skeptical in blogdowntown's comment section. "I'll believe it when I see," said one commenter. For years, a sign on Angel's Flight has read "Coming soon."

Angel's Flight is touted as "the world’s shortest railway," carrying passengers up and down Bunker Hills between California Plaza and Hill Street in the Historic Core. Rides were a quarter each way before it closed.